A dental implant is a way to replace missing teeth. An exam will determine if an implant is the right treatment for you. An implant typically was two part. Initially, the implant is placed into the bone where the tooth is missing. After healing, impressions are taken by the dentist and the crown is made by a lab. The crown is then attached to the implant.
Dental implants are the standard of care for single or multiple tooth replacement. If you have missing teeth, it is crucial to replace them. Missing teeth require the remaining teeth to absorb more force. This can lead to bone loss, tooth mobility, increased temperature sensitivity and general discomfort. When teeth are missing, your mouth can shift and even cause your face to look older. Implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth and, if properly maintained, can last a lifetime.
In addition to tooth replacement, implants may be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. For patients with removable partial dentures, implants can replace missing teeth so that you have a more natural looking smile.